Friday, August 17, 2007

Freaky Friday

It started out at about 12:30 this morning when I was getting ready for bed. I put away the last of my pen pal letters and turned off the light. I had the sleep timer on the TV for whatever cop show that was on Court TV when I saw a shadow fly over the bed and out the door. Of course, being a woman, I start screaming for my son because Randy is working third shift and wasn't here.

He is 12-years old and was playing his video games as always. He comes running up the steps, figuring it was a spider. Well, the shadow flies at his head and he realizes what I'm screaming about. He jumps in my bedroom and slams the door.

Have you guessed what it was yet?

It was a horrid, nasty, smelly BAT!

He grabs a baseball bat and we slowly step out the door, making sure to shut it behind us. All the other bedroom doors were shut already, so we knew it wasn't in any of them. We go downstairs and poke around every corner, behind every curtain and under all the tables. Nothing there. We were quite the sight - T with the baseball bat and me with a broom. Mighty huntress, I wasn't.

We start back upstairs and he hears it in the bathroom, so he slams the door shut and we spend the rest of the night with the light on in my room. He wouldn't let me turn off the bedroom light.

Around 2:30, he had to go to the bathroom, but there was no way he was going in that room, so I drove him to a near-by Sheetz (24-hour convenience store).

Randy gets home at 8 a.m. and has to take care of the thing immediately. He knocks it off the shower caddy with the broom, then captures it and sends it on its way.

I'm sure it will be funny eventually, but at the time I was really scared. Those things can carry rabies and I'm a product of way too many horror movies. All I could picture was the thing turning into a vampire. With my luck, it would look like the original Nosferatu and not a hot one like Angel or Spike. What a total nightmare!

So, that was my day so far. I have to cover a graduation ceremony in an hour with absolutely no sleep. Should be fun.

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Blogger Char said...

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10:35 AM  
Blogger Char said...

Oh my!!! I don't know what I would do if I had that happen, lol. I wonder what the neighbors would do if I knocked on their door in the middle of the night because of a bat! That's a great pic of it though!!!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow! Gretchen! That would scare me! The girls scream at the sight of a little spider! Have a great day!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

P.S Can relate to the 3rd shift thing...

12:47 PM  
Blogger Midlife Mom said...

Great shot of the bat and I'm glad husband didn't kill it. They eat thousands of flies and other bugs so are good to have around but not in your house!lol! We have night hawks here that fly around catching mosquitos out around the barn at dusk. Have never had one in the house thankfully!!!!!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Britt-Arnhild said...

LOL. I had the samme experience a couple of years ago. I panicked. Luckily my dh was there :-)

1:14 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Oh, my daughter would have loved that!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it would hurt you and was probably scared too trying to get out.

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2:13 PM  
Blogger Whitley Goodman Photography said...

thanks so much for visiting our blog, and leaving such a kind comment! (p.s. - bats freak me out - i probably would have hid under my bed forever!)

4:21 PM  
Blogger Simply Me Art said...

First of All you would have had to pick me up from off the floor where I would have Fainted... I am a real Animal Lover too, Bats are not one of my Favorite Animals. Eeekkk. Jamie

7:40 PM  
Blogger maiylah said...

whoa ... I can imagine your fear. i am a product of horror movies, too. ;P
a bat used to go inside our house (when I was little) while we were eating dinner, and you can just imagine the pandemonium caused by 9 kids! LOL A coconut tree at a neighbor's lot was home then to countless of bats ... though there doesn't seem to be any bats there now.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Rising Rainbow said...

Eeewwwwwwwww! I hate those things!

8:59 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

It made me giggle to think of you two going batty over the bat. Really, it's not a bad little creature at all.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Yes, that could be pretty scary. But don't worry too much - very few bats have rabies. He probably was more scared than you. They eat millions of mosquitos a summer, so they are one of the good guys.

Thank you for visiting my blog - maybe that was a fairy or ghost. We'll never know.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

That reminds me of a bat story in my past too. Maybe I'll write it up some day.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

You go to Sheetz for shits. Too funny! (I have a weird sense of humour for language jokes)

You speak so badly of bats. They are wonderful creatures. Some of us even built bat houses against our own so they have a place to stay. They eats lots of biting insects. You must learn to love even the ugliest of God's creatures.LOL

5:43 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

I have no problem with any creature living where it belongs. A bat does not belong in my shower! :P

6:07 PM  
Blogger Gina E. said...

LOL Gretchen! I guess it wasn't funny at the time, but it makes for a very funny read the next day!!

11:31 AM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

Yes, things running/flying that might run up/fly into me are not welcomed.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Absolutely Bananas said...

OMG horrifying! This would totally freak me out for weeks!!

3:35 AM  
Blogger Chara Michele said...

Oh my goodness! I think I would be pretty freaked out too! I love how you drove your son to the convenience store to go to the bathroom! :) I don't blame him for that.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Loving Annie said...

That would have scared the crapola out of me, Gretchen ! Ugh ! Yikes ! Ick !

Thank you for coming by my blog to visit while I was away, and leaving a comment !
I appreciated it, so I wanted to return the favor !

Happy Monday evening to you !

Loving Annie

11:33 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

Oh my gosh! A bat for a bat! I would have run shrieking myself.

11:01 AM  
Blogger wolfbaby said...

ewwww i woulda freaked no fun those bats

that is seriously what men are for!!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

I'm very glad your husband didn't kill the bat. Bats are very beneficial creatures. A number of species are endangered.

You might be interested in taking this fun quiz--it busts some myths about bats (including some of the ones you think are true).

Chances are you'll never again find a bat in your house, but if you do maybe it won't freak you out quite as much. :)

11:33 PM  
Blogger The Feathered Nest said...

Eeek - oh my! I would have been beside myself. Bats belong outside where they can eat mosquitos and things. Great picture - I wouldn't have been able to hold the camera still enough!


12:06 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

Oh Yikes! I absolutely hate bats too. I run a mile if I see one. When I was in Spain at Bat flew right at me and I actually thought my husband was going to burst something he laughed so hard at me screaming manically and waving my arms around like a total maniac. Wish they would stay hanging in their trees like good little bats!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Tanya Brown said...

Having an uninvited creature fly around one's house can be disconcerting and there are the concerns about rabies. Still, I generally like bats.

11:59 AM  

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